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Riverside City College Name _______________________________

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Writing and Reading Center

Directed Learning Activity FPD.4 Date ________________________________

Understanding a Poem II

Purpose: Upon completion of this activity, students will have practiced interpreting a poem. This DLA should take approximately 45 minutes to complete.

Directions: Read the following poem and answer the questions below:

“Cutting the Cake” by Virginia Hamilton Adair Gowned and veiled for tribal ritual in a maze of tulle and satin with her eyes rimmed round in cat fur and the stylish men about her kissing kin and carefree suitors long she looked unseeing past him to her picture in the papers print and photoflash embalming the demise of the familiar and he trembled as her fingers took the dagger laid before them for the ceremonial cutting of the mounting tiers of sweetness crowned with manikin and maiden and her chop was so triumphant that the groomlike figure from his lover at the apex toppled over in the frosting where a flower girl retrieved him sucked him dry and bit his head off.

Answer the following questions on a separate sheet:

A. What is the poem’s situation? B. What are some examples of violence in the poem? List at least five. C. Why do you think the author uses such violent terms to describe this scene? D. How many sentences are in the poem? Why does the author make this choice? E. What is the rhyme scheme of the poem? Why does the author make this choice?

EQ: How should I go about

interpreting a poem? What should I

look for and how should I read?

Riverside City College Name _______________________________

Writing and Reading Center

Directed Learning Activity FPD.4 Date ________________________________

F. What is the bride looking at before she cuts the cake? Why is this important G. The poem mentions “tribal ritual” and “ceremonial cutting.” Why are these terms important to

the meaning of the poem?

Take this sheet and meet with an instructor or tutor to go over your answers and discuss the poem. Be sure you can answer the EQ (essential question) above. Have that person sign below.

Instructor/tutor Signature: ______________________________ Date: _______________________

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